Harvard hosts Springfield in a non-divisional match Tuesday, March 9 at the Malkin Athletic Center.
Last Time Out
Harvard claimed its first victory of the season with a 3-0 win over NJIT Saturday afternoon.
Attack errors plagued the Highlanders in the first sets and the Crimson offense quickly built a 10-5 lead. A kill by Nicola Ivica and two consecutive attack errors by NJIT spurred an 8-2 Crimson run that gave Harvard a 10 point lead with the score at 20-10. A kill by Matt Jones stopped a run by theHighlanders and propelled Harvard to a 30-21 set win.
The second set played out much like the first, as Harvard jumped
out to a 10-6 lead following a
service ace by senior Soren Rosier and an Ivica kill. The Crimson used several offensive spurts to quickly bring the lead to 23-16. Harvard used a 4-1 run, capped by a Rosier kill, to claim a 30-24 win.
The third set was very close in the beginning, as the teams
traded points and a kill by NJIT’s
Christian Puszies gave the Highlanders their first lead of the afternoon. The Crimson scored three unanswered points to regain a 9-7 lead. Harvard never trailed from there, and later went on a 6-0 run to bring the lead to 19-10. A kill by Weintraub gave Harvard a 30-22 win to capture the match.
Weintraub handed out 47 assists and recorded two kills. Defensively, Ivica and freshman Derek Jansma led the team in digs, with eight and seven, respectively. Rosier recorded seven blocks in the match.
Scouting the Crimson
Harvard picked up its first win on Saturday and now stands 1-9 on the season and 1-1 in EIVA Hay
Senior Erik Kuld paces the team with 3.62 kills per set while
sophomore Matt Jones adds 3.29 kills per set. Freshman Rob Lothman
is handing out 8.71 assists per set. On the defensive side,
sophomore Dan Schreff leads the Crimson with 2.16 digs per set and sophomore Nicola Ivica is registering 1.03 blocks per set.
Scouting The Pride
Springfield holds an 11-6 overall record, with a 3-3 mark in EIVA Tait division play. AJ Nally leads the team with 3.84 kills per set while Alistair Matthews adds 3.47 kills per set.
Eric Shoemaker is handing out 12.87 assists per set. Defensively, Nally and Alex Harrison lead the team in digs, with 2.56 and 2.03, respectively. Greg Flacone is recording 1.89 blocks per set.
The Last Meeting
Springfield needed five sets to defeat Harvard Jan. 27, 2009 in Blake Arena. Harvard decidedly
captured the first set, 30-13, after jumping out to an early 10-2 lead.
The Pride picked up a 30-18 win in the second set and the
Crimson won the third set, 30-26. The Pride tied the match in the
fourth set with a 30-26 victory, and claimed the match win in the
fifth with a 15-8 win.
On the Bench
Head coach Brian Baise, a 1995 graduate of Princeton, is in his second season at Harvard. He brings an 12-17 overall record into today’s match.